44th Annual Concert Season: 2020-2021
For 43 seasons, the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra has been proud and privileged to provide classical and popular music performances for our region.
The orchestra had planned a full 44th season, with four concerts in the fall part of the season (October – December 2020) and three concerts in the spring portion of the season (February – May 2021). However, the current coronavirus pandemic restrictions on public gatherings have caused the KSO Board of Directors to cancel the fall concerts. Discussion will continue in order to determine the orchestra’s future performances, considering the top priorities of health and safety for its musicians, staff, and patrons.
“We appreciate the ongoing support we have received from the community,” says Ann Tucker, KSO president. “When we are able to gather safely again, we will celebrate with amazing live music.”
Instead of providing live concerts for our appreciative audiences, the orchestra plans to provide access to recordings of KSO musical performances via the Internet through at least December. Please visit this website and stay in touch on our social media channels, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/kishorchestra) and Instagram, where we’ll provide updates and share ways to engage with art and culture from home.
The following concert videos will be available beginning on the dates and times indicated and will remain available at least until the end of 2020:
Saturday, October 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will present a video recording of its concert of February 22, 2020, which consisted of the following, performed in the Northern Illinois University Boutell Memorial Concert Hall:
Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert
Linc Smelser, Music Director
Mazeppa, S. 100 Franz Liszt
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 61 Ludwig van Beethoven
Isabella Brown, violin
Winner of the 2020 Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition
Czech Suite in D Major, Op. 39 Antonín Dvořák
The concert may be viewed here beginning Saturday, October 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
Program notes for this concert are found here.
Information about the violin soloist is found here.
Friday, October 30, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will present a video recording of its concert of October 29, 2019, which consisted of the following, performed in the Northern Illinois University Boutell Memorial Concert Hall:
Linc Smelser, Music Director
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Black Pearl Klaus Badelt
Theme from “Ghostbusters” Ray Parker, Jr.
Transylvania Lullaby from “Young Frankenstein” John Morris
Ann Montzka, violin; Linc Smelser, piano
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Paul Dukas
Theme from the Motion Picture “Halloween” John Carpenter
Incantations Richard Meyer
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets John Williams
Fawkes the Phoenix
In the Hall of the Mountain King Edvard Grieg
The concert may be viewed here beginning Friday, October 30, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
Note: Changes in programs, dates, times, and location of concerts will be posted at this website.